Green Smoothie

05 June 2013


I've always enjoyed my share of Robeks, Jamba Juice, and Smoothie King. So when the latest smoothie craze came along it was nothing new to me. Then the juicing craze came along too with movies like Sick Fat and Nearly Dead, boasting about why juicing was so much better. Shortly after I found myself in the market for either a blender or juicer, and because I am OCD and hate clutter I decided that I could only have one or the other - not both. So I searched the web to see what was better juicing or blending. Both options were very healthy for you but ultimately I chose blending and here's why.

1. Blending cost less - since you are not removing the fiber from your fruits or veggies you can use less produce and have smoothies less often because it makes you feel fuller. Since smoothies make you fuller you can use them as a meal replacement.

2. With a little soap, warm water, and a high speed setting my blender can be cleaned in less than a minute. A juicer on the other hand has several parts and they all need to be cleaned by hand. Aint nobody got time fa dat!

3. Less appliances. The blender can make bread, soup, ice cream, flour and more. The juicer? Well it only makes juice. Not to mention I can incorporate nuts and grains in my smoothie in the blender. This would not be an option when juicing.

4. I have read that because juices are so easily digested they release a large dose of sugar into the blood stream which can be bad for diabetics. I am not a diabetic but I do not want to become one either so I would rather control how sugar is released into my body.

5. I also chose blending because I really enjoy smoothies, I like the texture. Now that I have my own high power blender I can also save money by making my own smoothies. 

Whether you choose to juice or blend is totally up to you. If you are interested in blending here are some of my favorite recipes for green smoothies to help with detoxing, clearing up your skin, digestion, weight loss, and hunger.


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Green Smoothie Recipes


Super Detoxing Smoothie (Adapted from Kimberly Sydner's Recipe)


  • 2 Cups of Cold Water
  • 2 cups of kale
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1/2 lemon peeled (just the juice if you have a less powerful blender)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 tsp of Chlorella powder
  • 1 tsp of Spirulina Powder



Alkaline Smoothie


  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 lemon peeled (just the juice if you have a less powerful blender)
  • thumb sized amount of ginger
  • 2 cups of coconut water



Detox Smoothie


  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 3 cups of pineapple
  • 1/2 banana frozen
  • 1tbsp ginger
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 lime peeled (just the juice if you have a less powerful blender)



Antioxidant Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups of kale
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter


Directions

1. Cut and peel fruits and veggies according to the power of your blender. I only take the seeds out of my apples and pears, I leave the skin on because I buy organic.

2. Stack your blender. You want to pour your liquids in first, then leafty greens (lettuce, kale, spinach etc.), then fruits with the heaviest of them on top, you can also add your nuts and grains.

3. Start your blender and watch the magic happen. If your leaves get a little jammed use the tamper to push them down into the blade. The tamper should come with your blender, do not use anything else while blender is running.

4. Enjoy.
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5 comments:

  1. I just subscribed to your blog from another blog I read. Funny timing because I am currently reading up on juicing and blending...:) What kind of blender do you have as I am currently researching options?

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    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I currently have a Vitamix 5200 it makes great smoothies without a lot of prep work. I wont lie it was a pricey purchased that I mulled over and researched for quite some time. It makes soups, ice creams, breads, chops and grinds grains, nuts, and spices and so much more. I have only tried two other blenders before an oyster that was pretty good if you cut all the stuff into small pieces and a kitchen aid that failed at making smoothies all together. I totally recommend either a blendtec or a vitamix with Vitamix being at the top of that short list.

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    2. Thanks for the reply! I will definitely keep that in mind as an option. I like that it can do so much. Like yourself, I am OCD and don't like clutter taking over my counterspace...I want one thing that can do it all...LOL

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  2. I really enjoyed this post. I have a decent blender and was considering investing in a juicer, but now i feel okay with my blender. I prefer smoothies more than juice anyway. What was I thinking? Lol thanks.

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  3. Thanks for the recipes! I want to start doing these and other healthy things and I will start doing them once I start working. With one income, I've been watching money like a hawk, but my job starts soon and we'll have the money to buy what seems to be very expensive, veggies and fruits.

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